On April 2nd, Garth Rennie broadcast some new clips from the no-go-zones audio archive in his weekly show 'Soundscape Rhythms'. The clips had only very recently gone up on-line. They contain excerpts of a telephone conversation with Molefi Ndlovu in Durban S.A. about a public radio project, RASA fm, in Soweto in 2005. You can listen to the recordings via the link below and find more on the page 'radio communities (RASA fm)' here on the blog.
Garth's one hour show carries a stream of stories, readings and travel accounts, images of Pyrenean mountains, Canadian flatlands, rock walls and enclosure, ideas of telling history, figures like Cervantes, a book by Fernand Braudel read on a journey by bicycle, and, as always, locally produced recordings and compositions of resonant places, the arrival of spring, and Molefi Ndlovu in Durban talking about the RASA fm radio project in Soweto.
Here in London/ England, we received his show like a celebration of 'radio communities', and an eloquent articulation of an invitation that we had send out with Molefi's audio:
sound as a means to engage...
01 Molefi Ndlovu on cjam about RASAfm (9:55)
02 sound as a means to engage... (7:21)
03 sound scape rhythms cjam 2april08 (56:30)
Radio communities, we imagine to be, audio correspondences between people and communities across possibly far distances of time and space by means of sound - that is, composed missives (or transmissions) of sounds, rhythms, music and words. We say, 'imagine...', because, in fact, we don't know what 'radio communities' are, or could become; but with every clip, recording, edit, sound piece, audio composition, we actively draw and send out another proposition of what 'radio communities' could be, for us, here and now; then, we hold back and listen. What might return to us?
INVITATION TO JOIN THE DEBATE:
We are keen to hear your responses to the issues you find raised here on the background of your own experiences with public radio projects.
STEPS 4 ON-GOING RADIO CONVERSATIONS:
- record a conversation or discussion with a group of people involved in public radio projects where-ever you are (15- 30mins)
- put the audio up on archive.org and send us the link
- we, from the no-go-zones audio radio project will respond in the same way
- and, hopefully others listeners will pick up the thread and join in...
links to some related tracks on radio and 'media'
in the NO-GO-ZONES archive:
- conversation in a black cab approaching Bush House:
- radio communities (JCAM):
playlists of the no-go-zones archive: http://www.nogozones.wordpress.com
intro and updates: www.myspace.com/nogozones